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Richards seeks further success at Barbagallo Raceway Steven Richards and James Koundouris quickest in Porsche Carrera Cup Australia at Barbagallo Raceway

Australia. Former V8 Supercar driver Steven Richards will look for victory in Porsche Carrera Cup Australia in Perth this weekend after setting the pace in today’s practice sessions, with leading Elite Class driver James Koundouris close behind.

Richards finished with the fastest time of the day in this morning’s first practice session, ahead of Craig Baird, Daniel Gaunt, Michael Patrizi, Ben Barker and Jonny Reid, who all set their fastest times in the afternoon practice session.

“Everything feels good so we’re pretty happy at the moment,” said Richards.

“My experience in V8 Supercars here has definitely helped out with my pace this weekend. I don’t know why but I’ve always gone well here and I’m very comfortable driving at the track.”

Richards will now look for Carrera Cup victory at a track where he has previously claimed race wins in both Formula Ford and V8 Supercars.

“I won the 1994 Australian Formula Ford Championship here, along with V8 Supercar poles and race wins.

“It would be nice to also win here in Carrera Cup, but that will depend on how I go for the rest of the weekend and how strong the competition is. I think the times today were a good indicator on how strong qualifying is going to be.”

Meanwhile, leading Elite Class driver James Koundouris challenged the leading Professional Class drivers with the seventh fastest outright time in the afternoon practice session.

“It’s only practice so I’ll try to do it again in qualifying tomorrow when it counts,” said Koundouris.

“It’s always a nice feeling setting times like that, so it would be great if we could hang around where we are in the field in tomorrow’s qualifying.”

Porsche Carrera Cup Australia will hold qualifying and Race 1 on Saturday, with Race 2 and Race 3 held on Sunday.

For Further Information Daniel Jordan: Porsche Cars Australia – Motorsport Media Ph: 03 9473 0909 or 0412 287 540 daniel.jordan@porsche.com.au

About Porsche Carrera Cup Australia. Porsche Carrera Cup Australia (PCCA) is a one-make Porsche series using the 331 kW (450 hp) Porsche 911 GT3 (Type 997) Cup car. PCCA is the primary support category to the V8 Supercars Championship with a seven-round series including rounds at the Formula 1™ Qantas Australian Grand Prix, Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, Armor All Gold Coast 600 and Sydney Telstra 500. PCCA is one of eight international Porsche Carrera Cups, with Carrera Cup regarded as the most successful one-make sports car championship in the world.

29/4/2011